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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Strong crosswinds for truckers out West

Gusts possibly exceeding 60 mph in some Plains states

A strong frontal boundary Thursday will produce gusty winds across many portions of the West     from Montana to Arizona.

More specifically, gusts of 55 to 65 mph from the west and southwest will impact truckers from eastern Montana to Wyoming and the northwestern corner of Colorado. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued high-wind warnings for these areas, which include Miles City, Montana; Casper, Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming; as well as the Yampa River basin in Colorado. This will especially affect drivers deadheading (hauling empty trailers) or carrying light loads on sections of Interstates 25, 70 and 80.

These winds will occur in the absence of thunderstorms. However, in eastern Montana, they may accompany storms that could also produce large hail and isolated tornadoes. Severe storms are also likely across the Dakotas and parts of Nebraska.

Severely drought-stricken areas of the West will also be quite windy Thursday, and the NWS still has red flag warnings posted due to persistent wildfire danger. This includes western Colorado, most of Utah, northwestern New Mexico and northern Arizona. Gusts could exceed 40 mph in some places, increasing the odds of new and existing fires spreading quickly. Smoke may interfere with some drivers on parts of the Interstates 40, 70 and 80 corridors, as well as nearby U.S. and state routes.

The following roads are still closed in Arizona due to two large wildfires:

• U.S. Highway 60 from Superior to Miami.
• State Route 177 from Superior to Winkelman.
• U.S. Highway 180 from north of Flagstaff between mileposts 235 and 248.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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